Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
I should think the travellers used to flying up to Glasgow or over to Paris and having a civilised cup of tea and bisuit or two are rather miffed at having found the correct change for their tea, the hostess only gets as far back as row 5.
BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3795 times:
Cannot speak for now, but up until end '01 LHR-AMS was the most profitable route on the network with 8 A321's every day, 7 on Sat & Sun and from about 14:00 on Thursday until 19:00 every single departure ex AMS was in max business class configuration of 138C/29Y. Sadly, 9/11 and the tragic events thereof, and the reverberation of the unwillingness to travel by air for a while after, took care of those loads. This obviously hasn't helped BD in their last few years of, dare I say "crisis", or is that a bit dramatic?
Trespassers will be shot; survivors will be shot again!
BD failed to keep an eye on their key revenue centre and area of strategic importance - Heathrow, and instead focused on ancillary services.
Because of this they are now in deep trouble. They now have four marginal businesses, Heathrow, Long Haul, Regional and Baby - all struggling, directionless and confused. As every one of these business play second or third fiddle to someone better at doing that, the company is virtually worthless from a strategic value - with one exception heathrow slots
IMHO BD have failed at heathrow - They should sell heathrow slots, use the proceeds to buy back the LH /SK shareholdings and invest in aircraft. They should also close long haul and focus on Baby operations from the regions. Regional should be sold to BA / BE / Eastern / CityJet / Aer Arann / loganair. You then have a debt free, focused, smaller orginisation that can grow.
7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3772 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7): I wonder whether the people (or the businesses who are paying) you refer to would pay more for such things or whether they'd prefer a lower price.
It's still a little early to say. Thing is BMI kept this change very quiet from it's corporates. Indeed, my corporate route deals were only amended to remove the C discounts yesterda - 3 days after the change took effect.
BMI have also NOT made any inventory changes to ticketed PNRs. Normally the carrier removes C class, the HX the segment in the GDS and rebook as Y. Not BMI - not a mention thus far.
Maybe JGPH1A could confirm that from 1A's perspective.
I would imagine that for the majority, they will accept the change. However there are some high spending corporations who like their frills. These are the customers BMI needed to keep - and the customers BMI are most likely to lose.
Debate is what you put on de hook when you want to catch de fish.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8441 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
Quoting 7LBAC111 (Reply 10): BMI have also NOT made any inventory changes to ticketed PNRs. Normally the carrier removes C class, the HX the segment in the GDS and rebook as Y. Not BMI - not a mention thus far.
Resulting in the passenger paying additional front of curtain taxation also!
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3764 times:
Speaking purely on loads and not yields, the bmi LHR-MAN flights I have been on over the past few months have all been completely full, and that's been on a mix of 319/320/321's.
As for LBA, only been on that a couple of times this year, each time the early morning departure on either a Saturday or Sunday to LHR with the last flight back the same day. Usually been a 320, but got a F100 on one flight just before it was retired! Loads on my flights have usually been around 75% both ways, though remember these are lower demand weekend flights and that the early morning dep from LBA usually runs at £115.00 before tax one-way and I suspect bmi don't panic too much!